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/First I want to thank everyone who helped out in //my recent fund drive
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now...//
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New from Linux Beach:


      Juan Cole turns to the Dark Side
      <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2014/07/juan-cole-turns-to-dark-side.html>

> Juan Cole has come out with a new book *The New Arabs: How the
> Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East*
> <http://www.amazon.com/New-Arabs-Millennial-Generation-Changing-ebook/dp/B00GEECHL6>,
> 1 July 2014 , in which he tells the Arab masses that have been
> struggling for freedom since 2011 /"Better luck next time."/ Here's a
> sample
> <http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-cole-arab-spring-millenials-20140629-story.html>:
>
>     And two or three decades from now, the twentysomethings of Tahrir
>     Square and the Casbah in Tunis and Martyrs' Square in Tripoli
>     will, like the Havels of the Middle East, come to power as
>     politicians.
>
>     We haven't heard the last of the Middle East's millennial generation.
>
> The old state machinery was smashed in Tripoli, while it was left more
> or less intact in Tunis and Cairo, and the heroes of Martyrs' Square
> have yet to be decisively overthrown. They may still be a good ways
> from consolidating state power but nobody has any business throwing in
> the towel for them. They are still grappling with what state power
> should look like after 40 years of Qaddafi but it is far too early to
> lump them in with the others who never really brought down the old
> state machinery in the first place. But I suppose, acknowledging that
> the Libyan Revolution is still in play, would over-complicate the
> narrative that Juan Cole is selling on the Arab Spring, which appears
> to be /"Nice try, better luck next time."/
>
> Better luck next time is a cheer entirely acceptable to the bosses.
> We'll win the next strike. You'll get your freedom next time. There'll
> be pie in the sky when you die., etc. Hope for the future is a
> narrative that is acceptable to the bourgeoisie, revolution now is
> not, and Juan Cole is out to sell books. Perhaps that also explains
> why he attempts to put a knife in the back of the Syrian people with
> his "*Top 5 Reasons US Aid to /"Moderate"/ Syrian Fighters is
> Quixotic*,"
> <http://www.juancole.com/2014/06/moderate-fighters-quixotic.html>
> published on his blog, *informed COMMENT <http://www.juancole.com/>*,
> 28 June 2014, just days before his book was released.
>
> I've learned a lot from Juan Cole over the years and I was a big fan
> of the principled stand he took in support of the Libyan people. His
> "Open Letter to the Left on Libya"
> <http://www.juancole.com/2011/03/an-open-letter-to-the-left-on-libya.html> and
> his "Top Ten Myths about the Libya War"
> <http://www.juancole.com/2011/08/top-ten-myths-about-the-libya-war.html> 
> were outstanding examples of how bloggers on this battlefield support
> revolutions.
>
> In the /"US Aid ...is Quixotic"/ piece, Juan Cole takes a turn towards
> the dark side as he attempts to realign his views on the Syrian
> conflict with the growing western drumbeat for selling any support for
> a democratic Syria short in favor of continued Assad rule in the name
> of fighting terrorism. He also has a very  /"America First"/ attitude
> when it comes to current dilemma of the people of Syria.
>
> Given the well earned respect Juan Cole commands, I find it necessary
> to look at this piece in great detail, but before we do that perhaps
> it is best that we begin where he ends because one gets the feeling
> that everything else was shaped to support this predetermined conclusion:
>
>     I have concluded that the dangers of blowback from US intervention
>     are so great and the danger of an ISIS victory in Syria so
>     unacceptable that the US would be better off not intervening
>     directly in this conflict. 
>
> The joke is /"the danger of an ISIS victory in Syria"/ and Iraq,
> overblown as it is by Juan Cole, is already the result of three years
> of doing what he advocates, namely, the US /"not intervening directly
> in this conflict,"/ What do they call a policy that keeps doing the
> same thing while expecting a different outcome?


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Clay Claiborne, Director
Vietnam: American Holocaust <http://VietnamAmericanHolocaust.com>
Linux Beach Productions
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 581-1536

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